‘Outlander’ Season 3 Is Happening, Showrunner Ron Moore Says They Are ‘Actively Starting To Plan’

The second season of Outlander is fully underway, and fans cannot get enough of the hit show. While Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) navigate through their new lives in Paris, France, Ron Moore recently revealed that they are already planning out what’s ahead for the time-traveling couple in Season 3.

According to Zap2it, the high ratings in Season 2 have led Moore and the rest of his team to start working on the next season. Starz has yet to green light a new season, yet there is little doubt that Outlander will be back for another year.

In fact, Moore was asked about a third year during a recent baseball game he attended in California. The questions were asked via social media, and Moore’s answers revealed a lot about what is in store for Season 3.

Outlander Executive producer Ronald D. Moore, author Diana Gabaldon and actors Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan. [Image Courtesy: Vivien Killilea/Getty]
For starters, Moore responded to one fan on Twitter who asked about the chances of a future renewal. In response, Moore sounded more than confident that the show will be renewed for another season before too long.

“Nothing official yet but I’m very, very optimistic and we’re actively starting to plan,” Moore revealed on Twitter.

The third season of Outlander will be adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s third book in the series, titled Voyager. In the book, the majority of the action takes place on the ocean on board a variety of ships. With that in mind, Moore sounded excited about the challenges of filming on boats.

“Very exciting to talk about the ships. Whole season looks like a lot of fun. Very challenging – but that’s Outlander,” he stated on Twitter.

Unfortunately, Hypable is reporting that Moore has not started casting for the third season. Even still, Moore assured fans that their favorite characters from the books will likely make their way onto the screen eventually.

“It’s a long complicated process. We always start with the book and only make changes we feel necessary for TV,” he wrote on Twitter.

For her part, Gabaldon is getting ready for the release of the next book in the series. It is unknown if the new book will release at the same time as Season 3 airs, though the first season did premiere when Gabaldon’s most recent book, Written in My Own Hearts Blood, hit stores. With that in mind, Gabaldon might time the release of her next book with the premiere of Season 3.

'Outlander' Stars Sam Heughan And Ciatriona Balfe Talk Black Jack Randall Reveal And The 'Rift' Between Jamie And Claire [Image via Starz]
Meanwhile, Moore and company will have an easier time adapting Gabaldon’s third book to the small screens. In fact, the second season is one of the most complicated books in the series, especially when it comes to the political games in France. Although filming the ocean scenes will be challenging, Moore admitted that he is really looking forward to an easier story in Season 3.

Voyager is a little easier in terms of story,” Moore explained on a Twitter post. “But very complex for production.”

Based on his comments, Moore and the rest of the Outlander crew are more than ready for the challenges ahead. While they have already started working on the next season, things will really start to pick up once Starz officially renews the series. Hopefully, more casting news will be forthcoming as production starts to pick up.

Until then, fans still have time to enjoy the current season of Outlander, which features Jamie and Claire facing their own set of challenges in France. Given how popular the second season has been so far, the ratings are only going to increase as the season continues to develop.

The second season of Outlander is currently airing on Starz every Saturday night.

Fans, let us know what you think? What are the odds on Starz renewing Outlander for Season 3? Let us know in the comments and check out a preview for the next all-new episode below.

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